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Horsemeat scandal; Cheltenham Racecouse says no chance of racehorses entering the food chain

By EchoLauraC  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

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Cheltenham Racecourse has confirmed there is no chance of horses that suffer fatal injuries at Prestbury Park ending up in food.

Amid the horsemeat scandal have come allegations that an abattoir took the carcasses of horses put down after the Grand National.

But Cheltenham Racecourse has confirmed it has not happened in the spa town.

Andy Clifton, spokesman for the Racecourse, said: "The situation here is that if a horse is put down at the racecourse the owner has the option of arranging for the horse to be removed themselves, which hardly ever happens.

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"In all other circumstances the horse is removed by a licenced carcass disposal service and there is no chance of any horse getting into the food chain."

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  • lordigaga  |  February 15 2013, 5:39PM

    YEAH, RIGHT!......look out for that flying pig.

  • geraint2010  |  February 15 2013, 3:01PM

    OK. Accepting that the carcass disposal service used by Cheltenham Racecourse is entirely honourable, it is surely conceivable that some disposal services, at some racecourses, are tempted by the prospect of £300 from an abattoir for a carcass when set against the cost of legitimate disposal? And, given all the other horsey events around these islands, this is likely to be just the tip of a very large iceberg.

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